Upon completing the Certified County Commissioner Program, George Spicer stated that, “I highly recommend this program to any Commissioner who wants to gain a better understanding on ethics and Sunshine Laws, as well as how to handle various issues such as growth and budgetary constraints. I feel the program has helped me maximize my leadership skills and improve the knowledge I need to effectively represent my district, as well as Nassau County.”
CCC certification is not a requirement to serve as a county commissioner in Florida. However, county commissioners may voluntarily enroll in the program and complete a series of courses totaling 45 hours. The coursework is designed to provide information and enhance skills relevant to a commissioner’s duties and responsibilities as an elected official.
“This certification provides our citizen electorate with valuable tools to assist them in their public service”, said FAC Executive Director Scott Shalley. “The more than 400 graduates of this program have shown an exceptional commitment to serving Florida’s counties.
The CCC program coursework covers a variety of topics, such as county government roles and responsibilities, county government structure and authority, financial management, ethics and sunshine law, negotiation skills, economic development, and effective communication. Completion of all coursework averages 12 to 18 months. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension sponsors this program.
Following are the names of the 17 county commissioners who received their CCC designation in 2016:
Wayne Bolla, Clay County; Terry Burroughs, Okeechobee County; Scott Carnahan, Citrus County; Ricky Gamble, Suwannee County; Cheryl Grieb, Osceola County; Viviana Janer, Osceola County; James Johns, St. Johns County; Ronald Kitchen, Citrus County; Nick Maddox, Leon County; Russell Melendy, Hardee County; Everett Phillips, Columbia County; Marion Poitevint, Gilchrist County; Weston Pryor, Glades County; Charles Smith, Manatee County; George Spicer, Nassau County; Kathryn Starkey, Pasco County; Michael Swindle, Hendry County; and Rob Williamson, Santa Rosa County.
For more information about the CCC program and courses, visit the FAC web site at www.fl-counties.com.
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